Category Archives: Celebrate

Christmas Goodie Bags

Check out the fun, easy and affordable goodie bags I made for my amazing coworkers last Christmas.


Each bag included:

2 tangerines-for health

1 lottery ticket-for wealth

SpongeBob stickers-for happiness

a handful of Hershey Kisses-for love

I printed “May you always be happy, healthy, wealthy, and loved” on red paper and attached the note, with a cute twisty tie that came with the cellophane baggies.

40 lottery tickets=$40

6 bags of tangerines=$35

2 packs of SpongeBob stickers (from the dollar store)=$2

1 giant bag of Hershey’s Kisses (1 for you, 2 for me, 1 for you, 2 for me) =$10

2 packs of cellophane bags (from the dollar store)=$2

And I already had the red paper.

And voila!

40 thoughtful prezzies for under $90!


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Happy 2nd Birthday Simplywe!

I’m supposed to be doing my homework, so naturally I am using this time to check my email, fb and simplywe.  And though I wish I was still doing my homework and didn’t have the attention span of a gnat, I’m glad I checked because I almost missed Simplywe’s birthday!  SW came to be 2 years ago today!

I have been so busy with everything else in my life, I didn’t plan anything.  This should be where I put a montage of some of my favorite photos, but if I get lost in looking at old photos now, I’ll never do my homework.  I must fight the procrastination…clearly I am not as successful as I would like.

So instead I will share hiking photos, and a few from my solo trip to Prescott.

I took all of these with my iPhone, as I sent my Canon to Keegan in Germany.  I think he will get more use out of it than I will, since I haven’t used it in months.  The iPhone is so much more convenient.

These 1st 3 are from my trip to Prescott.

It rained and rained and rained the whole time I was there, mostly misty rain.  It was beautiful.  The fog was intense.  This fog was at 4 in the afternoon.

This one is from the hike we took at orientation.  How many colleges go on a hike as part of orientation?  I think I have chosen wisely.

The other weekend Der and I took a 5.2 mile hike in Tucson Mountain Park.

These are from our new favorite part of the park.

I don’t know why this one is so grainy, but I sure do love that guy!

The small upcropping of buildings, in the far off distance, is downtown Tucson.

Der and I make a good hiking team.

The rest of these are from various hiking trips.

Bug loves her hikes.

I’ve painted several batches of rocks and left them in random places on the trail.

I like to imagine the finders curious smile when they wonder who did that.

Happy Birthday Simplywe!

I heart Tucson!



Filed under Adventures, Amazeballs, Celebrate, Everything else, Making Memories, Natural Happenings, Petz on Parade, With Gratitude

Another Teenager! Oh My!

Today is Jeremia’s 13th birthday.  Derek took Jeremia and one of his friends from school go-cart racing, laser tagging, and arcading, yesterday. He got an evening away from his younger brothers. That was a priceless gift, but also meant I stayed home with the young’ns, and so no photos.

Today he took munchkin donuts to share at school, picked what was for dinner (steak, green beans and angel hair pasta), opened presents, and had homemade carrot cake.  Der drew a Halo character on it for him.

I was too lazy to take a proper photo of the cake so now we have this weird photo and it looks like the cake is about to fall.

The reflection of the candles gives his hair frosted tips.

Happy Birthday Jeremia!

We love you madly and can’t imagine life without you!  Thanks for being such a great kid!

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Fun Father’s Day Craft 2012

For Father’s day the boys and I made Derek a handprint mobile.  It turned out really cute.

At the beginning of the week I asked Der if I could trace his hand.  Der happily obliged and never even asked me why.  I guess he’s just used to me always creating something.  At the time I wasn’t exactly sure what the finished idea was, all I knew was it had something to do with hands.

Der’s hand is on top, followed by mine,  Jeremia’s, Conrad’s and finally Ami’s.

The boys and I each wrote our 5 favorite things about Der.  One favorite thing on each finger.

That was harder for Conrad and Ami to do, since they still have chunky writing and small hands, so their favorite things spilled out onto their palms.  It kind of made it look like a patched quilt, which I love.

After we each wrote our 5 favorite things, we colored the hands in.  Then, I glued them each onto different colored card stock and cut them out so there would be a small colored border.  I hole punched the top of the middle fingers and the bottom of the palms and connected them with ribbon.

I meant to take close-up photos of each hand, but Derek whisked it away to work, to hang in his office, before I got a chance.

On the back I simply wrote #1 DAD.

He absolutely loved it and the boys were proud of the finished product.





Filed under Celebrate, Feeling Fartsy, With Gratitude

Ami Turns 6

Ami’s birthday was last week.   The morning of, he wondered aloud who all was going to come for his birthday.  Confused, I asked him what he meant, and reminded him it was just going to be the 5 of us.  He said he’d invited everyone in his class on the last day of school.  Uh Oh!  I told him that they didn’t know when it was and he assured me he told them all it was June, 14th.  Oh my sweet, sweet little boy.  We had a discussion about invitations, and how parents needed things written down so they would know when and where.  He took it pretty well, but my heart was broken for him.

So we took a surprise trip to the pool.  Swimming makes everything better.

When it came time to decide what he wanted for dinner, he was torn between Texas Roadhouse and Golden Corral Buffet.   It’s a hard call which is cooler, the all you can eat dessert that Golden Corral offers, or the fact that you can throw peanut shells on the floor at Texas Roadhouse.  Dessert won.

All you can eat cotton candy is a great incentive to eat all of your vegetables!

I can’t help but wonder when Ami and Conrad will stop using their shirts for napkins.

Sugar overload!  And I’ll take a rain-check on that kiss thank-you-very-much!

After we were all sugared up, it was time for games, lots and lots of video games!

Those eyes!  Those lashes!  Those apple cheeks! That toothless grin!

I love his face!

It was a great day to turn 6!




Filed under Celebrate, Making Memories, With Gratitude

And He’s Off

Our eldest son, Keegan, is off to the army!

We had a sendoff party for him.  I didn’t take as many photos as I had planned.  I somehow forgot to get a photo with Keegan and his granddad and twoshooze (grandma).  I don’t know how that happened.  I will have to make sure to get some when he comes home for a visit.

I don’t think I will be able to bare him in his uniform.  I will be a blubbering mess, I am certain of it.

Here’s Keeg with me, Der, his great-grandma Chris, aunt Cami, uncle Craig, and cousin Cassie.

Keegan and his brothers.  Taking photos of the 4 of them together is tough.  They are all jokesters.  When I would get 3 of them to make nice faces, inevitably one would have to be a goofball and make a funny face.  I was literally begging them to cooperate.  I think they secretly loved having me at their mercy.

As you can see, I did manage to get some sweet ones.  They are all so handsome.  I am so grateful for them.  I have immeasurable love for them and appreciate how very different, yet similar they each are.  For all of their bickering and fighting, it’s clear that they have mad love for each other and that warms my heart to the max.

After behaving for the camera, they let loose.

Our little boy, isn’t so little.

I love this one!  His expression is perfect!

Never too old for mama’s love!

I don’t have words that adequately express my excitement and pride, with just a scoach of fear thrown in for our beautiful boy.

He is off to become a man.  He is about to learn valuable skills that will serve him well throughout his life.  He will travel and see the world and will make amazing memories.  He will meet new people and forge bonds that will bear lifelong friendships.  He will be pushed to grow mentally and physically and will tap into strengths he never knew he had.

I hope he comes back a stronger, wiser version of his already wonderful self.  I hope he knows how much we love him and believe in him.

It will not be easy, but the best lessons in life never are.

We love you forever and always, Keegan, and can’t wait for your safe return!



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Lucky Duck

Der entered a raffle, through Snap-on tools, at work and was lucky enough to win this fantastic bicycle today.

It retails for over $600 and he entered the raffle for free so I call that freaking, stupendously, awesome!

Yay Der!

Thanks Snap-on!



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